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Zoe Heller talks to John Mullan

The Believers

Hay Festival 2009, 
The superbly entertaining new tragi-comic novel from the author of Notes From a Scandal.

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Bjorn Lomborg talks to Rosie Boycott

Smart Solutions to Climate Change: Comparing Costs and Benefits

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Danish economist discusses the likely costs and benefits of a very wide range of policy options, including geo-engineering, mitigation of CO2, methane and 'black carbon', expanding forest, research and development of low-carbon energy and encouraging green technology transfer.
 
More about Bjorn Lomborg's publications on his website

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Dannie Abse talks to Dai Smith

Goodbye Twentieth Century

Hay Festival 2012, 
The great Welsh and Jewish poet and doctor discusses his remarkable autobiography.

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Robert Peston

Who’s to Blame…

Hay Festival 2009, 
The BBC’s business editor, author of Who Runs Britain?, fingers the greedy, the incompetent and the naive who’ve led us into economic disaster.

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John Kampfner, Helena Kennedy, Philippe Sands, Ann Clwyd and David House

The Index on Censorship Platform: The Case of Bradley Manning

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Chief Executive of Index, the Chair of the all-party Human Rights group at Westminster and a panel of leading British lawyers dicsuss Private Bradley Manning, currently being held at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas on 24 charges, including 'aiding the enemy'. They consider the US Government’s reaction to the WikiLeaks scandal and the Rule of Law. They will be joined by David House, regular visitor to Bradley Manning since his detention.

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Ruth Brooks

A Slow Passion

Hay Festival 2013, 

When BBC Radio 4’s Material World announced a search for the UK’s top amateur scientist, the winning experiment involved one of our humblest garden pests. Ruth Brooks asked the question: Do snails have a homing instinct? The Telegraph’s Louise Gray chairs.

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Tom Holland

The London Library Lecture; Decline And Fall?

Hay Festival 2013, 

In AD 476, Romulus Augustulus, Emperor in line to Augustus, Trajan and Constantine, was deposed by a German chieftain. It is an event that in most history books is identified as marking the end of the Roman Empire. But did it? The historian explores whether the Romans themselves had any comprehension that their empire could possibly fall. He traces the surprisingly obdurate survival of a Roman imperial identity across the centuries, and attempts to identify a moment in history when the Roman Empire could be said definitively to have come to an end.

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John Mitchinson presents

UNBOUND LIVE!

Hay Festival 2012, 
The award winning crowd-funded publisher Unbound, launched at Hay last year, celebrates its first birthday with a live event unlike anything else at the festival. Join a panel of Unbound authors competing to win the approval of the crowd to raise funding for their book ideas, in a cross between an election hustings and a literary Dragons’ Den. Featuring super-smart comedian Katy Brand, novelist, TV presenter and Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn, the inimitable Glaswegian Sikh writer, cook and performer, Hardeep Singh Kohli, cult perfomance poet George Chopping, and Australian fashion guru and cancer survivor , Jessica Jones.

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Leila Abuzeyd talks to Mayte Carrasco

Literature, women and revolution: Past, present and future

Segovia 2011, 
Leila Abuzeyd, Moroccan journalist, writer, and defender of women’s rights, and Mayte Carrasco, freelance war reporter who in recent years has covered conflicts in Libya, Egypt, Afghanistan, Mali or Chechnya, will analyse the role that women have played in the revolutions that have spread throughout the Arab world, demonstrating their commitment to fully participating in the democratic transitions in their country, and how these have been expressed through the written word.
 
Simultaneous translation will be available from Arab into Spanish.

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Katherine Jenkins talks to Nicola Heywood Thomas

Hay Festival 2008, 
The Welsh diva discusses her autobiography Time To Say Hello.

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Emma Healey and Tiffany Murray

Fictions – Memory

Hay Festival 2014, 

Two novels explore the disturbance of the past. Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing is both a detective story and a haunting depiction of dementia. The characters in Murray’s Sugar Hall probe the secret history of a Forest of Dean mansion. Chaired by Sameer Rahim.

Emma Healey and Tiffany Murray

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Kate Adie talks to Rosie Goldsmith

Into Danger

Hay Festival 2009, 
The hardcore frontline journalist meets bomb disposal experts, prostitutes and politicians who put their lives on the line every day.

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Owen Sheers talks to Peter Florence

Resistance – The Movie

Hay Festival 2011, 
The novelist and screenwriter previews clips from the counterfactual film of the novel launched here two years ago – a thriller set up in the Olchon Valley above Hay during the Nazi occupation of Britain.

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Mark Lynas in conversation with Jane Davidson

Greenprint Forum: The Planet’s Limits

Hay Festival 2011, 
It is natural that we focus on individual issues within the environment; however, they are all interconnected and treating issues in isolation risks ignoring the larger impacts. Working within the ecological limits of the planet requires careful management of all resources and we have to prioritise: but what should those priorities be? Environmental campaigner and author Mark Lynas talks to Jane Davidson, former Minister for Environment (Wales) and the new Director of INSPIRE.Greenprint is the Festival's sustainability project. Since 2005 we have been working to minimise carbon emissions, reduce waste and study the causes and effects of climate change.

Please join in and contribute to the sessions and the debate at hayfestival.org/greenprint.

To book a full day ticket to all 6 Greenprint sessions for £15, please call the box office

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The CADW Lecture: The Making of Wales

Hay Festival 2010, 
The historian traces 200 generations of evolution of the Welsh landscape from Roman towns and Norman castles to Christianity’s craftsmen, graziers and the impacts of depression, wars and devolution.
John Davies

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Mark Watson and Catherine O'Flynn talk to Stephanie Merritt

Fictions: The Comedians

Hay Festival 2011, 
Watson’s Eleven is a tale of love and loss, Scrabble and six degrees of separation. O’Flynn’s Birmingham-set The News Where You Are spins around intimate absences and banal news presences.
 
 
Eleven - Mark Watson

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Matthew Bishop & Michael Green

The Road From Ruin

Hay Festival 2011, 
The Economist writers propose their overhaul of financial regulation, government spending and business values in their manifesto for A New Capitalism for a Big Society.

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John Simpson

Unreliable Sources

Hay Festival 2010, 
The BBC superheavyweight examines the media’s sometimes questionable role in shaping events and How The Twentieth Century Was Reported.

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Mary Ginsberg

The Art Of Influence: Asian Propaganda

Hay Festival 2013, 

Where the majority of a population is illiterate, art is the most effective way to communicate the message. The curator of the new BritishMuseum show examines propaganda ‘art’ as political communication, social cohesion and absolute control.

 

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Simon Weston talks to Steve Corry

Life and Tales

Hay Festival 2011, 
In the first of a series of events with soldiers, politicians and journalists discussing conflict resolution, the distinguished Falklands War veteran and charity hero discusses his life and writing, choosing his desert island books, music and films.

Find out more about Simon Weston and Steve Corry

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Christopher Cocksworth, Robert Hughes, Richard Harries, Angel F. Montoya, David Bentley Hart and Thomas Reynolds chaired by Jane Williams

The Michael Ramsey Prize

Hay Festival 2011, 
The theologian discusses the books shortlisted for this year’s Michael Ramsey Prize with the shortlisted authors. The books by those present are: Holding Together, Beloved Dust, The Re-enchantment of Morality, The Theology of FoodAtheist Delusions and Vulnerable Communion.

Full details at www.michaelramseyprize.org.uk

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Julian Clary talks to Fiona Lindsay

Briefs Encountered

Hay Festival 2012, 
More than one thing is about to go bump in the night at Noel Coward’s Kent retreat, Goldenhurst. The higher the society the looser the morals. A dark, and wickedly funny ghost story.

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Suggs

That Close

Hay Festival 2014, 

One of pop music’s most enduring figures talks about his life, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the Eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade. Along the way he tells us what it’s like to grow up in sixties Soho, go globetrotting with your best mates, make a dead pigeon fly and cause an earthquake in Finsbury Park. He talks to Martin Chilton.

Suggs

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Patricia Fara

The Cambridge 800 Series: Science – A Four Thousand Year History

Hay Festival 2009, 
When did science begin? Who did science? How does science change?

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Svetlana Alexievich talks to Bridget Kendall

Second-Hand Time

Hay Festival 2016, 

The 2015 Nobel Literature Laureate talks about Russia and the USSR. Her Nobel citation was for “her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time”.

“I don’t ask people about socialism, I ask about love, jealousy, childhood, old age. Music, dances, hairstyles. The myriad sundry details of a vanished way of life. This is the only way to chase the catastrophe into the framework of the mundane and attempt to tell a story. Try to figure things out. It never ceases to amaze me how interesting ordinary, everyday life is. There are an endless number of human truths... History’s sole concern is the facts; emotions are out of its realm of interest. It’s considered improper to admit feelings into history. I look at the world as a writer, not strictly an historian. I am fascinated by people…”

This event will be conducted in Russian, with consecutive translation

Svetlana Alexievich talks to Bridget Kendall